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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

January 8th, 2017 · 2 Brilliant Opinions · Random Things That Make Me Smile

2016 was a horrible year for me personally.  My beloved sister died suddenly; which sent me into an emotional tailspin. Every slight, comment and indignity seemed to matter and simultaneously nothing seemed to matter.  Big P shouldered most of the parenting duties while I slowly crept out from the abyss of grief and pain.

As the year wore on, I realized so much of my energy was directed at trying to get my children’s schools to treat them as the intellectual equals – regardless of race, class, or  gender.  The presidential election with its crudeness and embrace of xenophobia, racism, sexism and anti-semitism didn’t help matters.  Even people who I didn’t think supported the President Elect seemed emboldened.  One school administrator proclaimed to African American parents that he was not accountable to parents- only to the board of directors.  In addition, teachers were not accountable to us – only to him.  So for $40,000 – this is the sh*tshow that I’m dealing with.

On December 31st, I decided to forgo my end of year annual fund contributions.  I redirected my contributions to organizations that are supporting vulnerable Americans; the poor, women, minorities, gays and lesbians.  This is my list:

  • NAACP
  • Project for the Performing Arts
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Trevor Project
  • North Carolina NAACP
  • ACLU
  • United Negro College Fund
  • Little Essentials
  • Children of Promise

My last contribution was to Brown University, where I obtained my undergraduate degree. They may not need it as much as the other organizations but I am incredibly grateful that they took a chance on me.

In 2017, I’m putting my money where my mouth is and in the hands of organizations that support the principles and ideals I value.  Its the right thing to do and it feels good.

Happy New Year!

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  • cynthia

    What are wonderful testimony of struggle, fight and power! There are times that our shattered hearts think we can take no more, but we will continue to rise, even in the face of chaos and pain. Your post is a testimony for others…to continue and fight-on! Thank you, for sharing!
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  • Ann

    Cynthia – thanks for reading my blog. Its been painful to even try to write. Grateful to still be standing. Cheers to a good 2017.

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